Will GRIP money be re­turned?

> Em­ploy­ers seek an­swers to sta­tus of left­over work­ers’ train­ing funds

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY V. RAGANANTHINI

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: With the 1Malaysia Glob­ally Recog­nised In­dus­try and Pro­fes­sional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (1Malaysi­aGRIP) no longer be­ing of­fered, it is still un­known if em­ploy­ers’ con­tri­bu­tion will be re-cred­ited into their in­di­vid­ual ac­counts.

“Thus far, there is no in­for­ma­tion on whether the unutilised funds will be re­cred­ited to the in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ers’ ac­counts,” said Malaysian Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion (MEF) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Datuk Sham­sud­din Bar­dan on the clo­sure of the train­ing and up­skilling pro­gramme of­fered by the Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Fund (HRDF).

“When 1Malaysi­aGRIP was first launched, MEF was in­formed by HRDF that the unutilised funds will be re-cred­ited to em­ploy­ers’ ac­counts,” he added.

How­ever, he said em­ploy­ers are yet to hear from HRDF on the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to theSun’s re­port yes­ter­day, HRDF had re­ceived a direc­tive from the gov­ern­ment to phase out the pro­gramme by Oct 1.

It was also re­ported that em­ploy­ers saw red over the pro­gramme as they were not get­ting value for their money, as 30% of their con­tri­bu­tions, col­lected through levy pay­ments, were used to cover the train­ing cost of em­ploy­ees of non-HRDF reg­is­tered com­pa­nies.

As of De­cem­ber 2015, HRDF an­nounced through a cir­cu­lar that it had col­lected a to­tal of RM86.3 mil­lion through levy col­lec­tions, of which only RM15.2 mil­lion was used for 1Malaysi­aGRIP.

The cir­cu­lar dated Dec 22 also stated that the re­main­ing RM 71.1 mil­lion would be pooled into a con­sol­i­dated fund.

Sham­sud­din urged HRDF to open its books and be more trans­par­ent by de­tail­ing what the left­over funds and the match­ing gov­ern­ment grant will be utilised for. He also stated that the re­port should be au­dited and made pub­lic.

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